How can I serve? I don’t know if I’m even qualified to do anything. What’s the pre-req’s? Well, fortunately for all of us, the qualifications to serve others thru Christ are much simpler than that of becoming a court apointed counsel for somebody or to serve on some type of governmental board where there are minimum age requirements, background checks, bar exams, etc. Jesus laid out these qualifications quite simply thru Phillippians 2:3-8.
Serving Qualification #1
Philippians 2:3-4 (New Living Translation)
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You have to be unselfish. Selfish ambition can never be your motivation for doing something. You serve with nothing other than the ability to give God all the glory and honor. Therefore you have to look out for other peoples needs and interests by humbling yourself with the opportunity to bless them with God’s goodness and grace. Look at your hands. These are the hands that God uses to touch those in need. The entire focus of serving should be on the interests of the kingdom and expanding that over expanding self.
Serving Qualification #2
Philippians 2:5 (New Living Translation)
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
You have to adopt a Christ-like attitude. As believers, you are to be Christ-like. But this is not only in your thoughts but in your behavior as well. Verse 5 tells us point blank to allow the attitude of Christ work deep within us all. Enough said as it’s pretty self-explanatory.
Serving Qualification #3
Philippians 2:6-8 (New Living Translation)
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
You have to be committed. Committed by being humble and obedient. Committed to the cause. Committed to the Church. Committed to people. This is possible by making Christ both your Mentor and Model. Jesus willingly chose to lay aside his divine form and take the form of one of us, man. He could’ve chosen to be one of the more rich an powerful figures of the time that had influence throughout the land, but he didn’t. He took the position of servant, slave. And to top it all off, he died a horrible death, a criminal’s death. But through it all, He humbled himself and was committed to the cause. He could’ve easily walked away from it all on multiple occassions, but the commitment, trusting God and bringing glory to God.
Are you qualified? You bet you are. God has given every one of us this ability. The question comes in though, are you willing to lay aside the rights and privileges that are all about you and be willing to accept that life-role that God is looking for you to fill. I read this somewhere, so sorry for not being able to quote it properly at this time but it really stuck with me:
“It’s not only about lifting your hands up, but also stretching your hands out to pick someone up.”
It’s not about becoming a Bible scholar or just bible study. That’s what the Pharisees were all about(bible study, prayer, worship) but they neglected to serve the needs of the people.
“The last thing many believers need today is to go to another Bible study. They already know far more than they are putting into practice. What they need are serving experiences in which they can exercise their spiritual muscles”
–Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life (p. 231)
When we serve others we are serving God. Don’t sweat the small stuff if you think you will be able to do it or not. Besides, you don’t do it from any perspective or strength of your own, you accomplish it using the grace and strength God has given you to do what He’s called you to do.
Forever Under Construction,